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Massive power outage strikes New York City, subway services affected

Thousands of people have been left without power outage across New York City on Saturday. The massive power outage has also affected the subway services in the city.

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New York Updated on: July 14, 2019 11:59 IST
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Power outage strikes in New York

Power outage has affected thousands living in New York City on Sunday leaving more than 50,000 customers without electricity majority of them in Midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side, which has also affected the subway services in the city. The energy company is the incharge for providing electricity to the region.

According to power service company Con Edison, the outage hit the city at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We're getting reports of power outages in station complexes throughout Manhattan. We're working to identify causes and keep trains moving. More information to come," the NYCT Subway tweeted on Saturday.

To determine the root cause of the power faliure, the subway services are working closely with utility provider Consolidated Edison (Con Edison).

"While Con Edison works to restore power in Manhattan, we encourage everyone to avoid below-ground subway stations. We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have more information. Your safety is our top priority. If you need emergency assistance, please call 911," the services tweeted on Saturday.

Buildings and streets in New York are also experiencing the outage, while traffic snarls are expected in the affected area, according to CNN.

Signals on the Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue were affected, thus disrupting services of D, F, M, A, C, E lines, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said on Twitter. 

It added that there is only limited service on the numbered lines.

"Our entire system is affected by the Con Edison outage. In Manhattan, the bus is your best bet," MTA tweeted.

Several Broadway and off-Broadway shows said they have cancelled performances, including the well-known Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Waitress, and Mean Girls.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that NYC Emergency Management is working with the police and fire departments and other city agencies to respond to power outages due to a manhole fire. 

(With Inputs from IANS)

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